Musk's SpaceX wins NASA's $2.9 billion moon lander contract

NASA awarded billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk's space company SpaceX a $2.9 billion contract to build a spacecraft to bring astronauts to the moon as early as 2024, the agency said on Friday, picking it over Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin and defense contractor Dynetics Inc. Bezos and Musk - the world's first and third richest people…

Bangladesh-born scientist M Zahid Hasan to receive US Department of Energy award

The US Department of Energy (DOE) will confer the Ernest Orlando Lawrence Award on Bangladesh-born scientist M Zahid Hasan. He is also Princeton University's Eugene Higgins Professor of Physics. For all latest news, follow The Daily Star's Google News channel. The Ernest Orlando Lawrence Award was established in 1959 and honours mid-career US scientists and…

Thai researcher deems chicken feathers rich protein source

When Sorawut Kittibanthorn was looking for new types of waste to recycle, the then London-based student was drawn to the millions of tons of chicken feathers being discarded each year.  Now back in his homeland of Thailand, the 30-year-old is seeking funding to continue his research into how best to convert the nutrient component found…

Meet Grace, the healthcare robot Covid-19 created

The Hong Kong team behind celebrity humanoid robot Sophia is launching a new prototype, Grace, targeted at the healthcare market and designed to interact with the elderly and those isolated by the Covid-19 pandemic. For all latest news, follow The Daily Star's Google News channel. Dressed in a blue nurse's uniform, Grace has Asian features,…